UQ nursing achieves world first

NURSES who graduate from the School of Nursing and Midwifery at the University of Queensland Ipswich campus can now take their qualifications overseas.

In a world first, the UQ School has received international accreditation from the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing for its Bachelor of Nursing program.

The UQ school is the first outside of Canada to receive the accreditation.

The achievement will allow UQ nursing graduates to seek registration as a nurse in Canada.

It eliminates previous difficulties Australian nurses experienced when trying to register in Canada.

And an agreement between the CASN and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing in the United States means UQ nursing graduates who register in Canada also will be eligible for registration within the United States.

UQ School of Nursing and Midwifery head Catherine Turner said achieving the accreditation was very satisfying.

"While it was initially a slow and costly endeavour, the school is now able to continue the accreditation process into the future," Professor Turner said.



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